Maintaining the quality of the golf course for the enjoyment of all is good golfing etiquette, especially in winter as courses become more vulnerable to the elements. Looking after your golf course in the winter is largely matter of common sense and preparation.
If you can carry your clubs instead of using a trolley (especially electric trollies which are heavy) then please do so.
Stick to the paths provided. Do not take shortcuts across soft ground and if you do have to use a trolley or buggy then please keep them at least 5m from the putting surfaces.
Do not walk onto tees or greens unless you are playing on them.
Observe cart rules. Some courses will post “cart path only” signs; others will ask you to observe the “90-degree rule.” Do as you are told.
Observe ropes and other directional instructions installed by the green staff – they are there for a reason.
Ensure your shoes are in appropriate condition for winter golf, i.e. soft spikes in good order.
Be careful not to damage the edge of the hole when removing your ball – this is very bad manners as it is directly detrimental to the enjoyment of your fellow players.
Repair your divots in the fairway – they can take longer to heal in the winter!
Repair your ball marks on the green.
Always rake sand bunkers after hitting to erase your footprints and damage to the area where your ball was.
Avoid taking a divot on a practice swing.
For the senior golfer or the less mobile golfer observing course etiquette can prove more of a challenge as bending to repair ball and pitch marks can be difficult. This is where the design of the ‘Greenstick’ can assist the less agile golfer. Repairing pitch marks is excellent golfing etiquette and is essential in order to maintain a smooth, true putting surface and The Greenstick makes this easy for the less agile but considerate golfer. Now available to buy on-line visit http://richardbrowngolf.co.uk/product/the-green-stick/.
If your Christmas shopping list includes a golfer, you are lucky because it gives you a big head start – you know you can get them something golf related. But many golfers are very particular about their clubs and putters, a set of golf balls just isn’t exciting enough so what is the perfect Christmas gift for the senior golfer? Any golfing gift which will assist the senior golfer to enjoy the game has to be a winner!
The Greenstick is the perfect Christmas Gift!
Greenstick is the perfect Christmas gift for the senior golfer, not only is it going to be the must have golf accessory for 2014, it also helps the senior golfer enjoy the golf course!
The Greenstick was born out of the desire to help the senior golfer and the golfer with spinal problems and lack of mobility enjoy the sport and participate fully in the preservation of their green by the correct and simple repair of their pitch marks using The Greenstick.
Every golfer wants to be able to take pride in the condition of their home course but using a traditional pitch mark repairer can be difficult and needlessly time consuming for the less agile golfer. Repairing pitchmarks is excellent golfing etiquette and is essential in order to maintain a smooth, true putting surface and The Greenstick makes this easy for the less agile but considerate golfer.
- The Pitchfork (or Divot Tool)
- Telescopic Shaft with Twist-Lock Mechanism
- Golf Ball Pick-Up Cup
- Comfort-Grip Handle
- Mounted Flex-Clip
- Colours: Tour-Bright Pink, Clubhouse Blue, Ever Green, Pro-lite White
Read more about the technical features of the Greenstick here.
To purchase your Greenstick Call us on 01270 877432
Frankly there is a lot of hype and gimmicks in the golf marketplace, the Greenstick isn’t one of them. This is truly a thoughtful gift which any considerate golfer will appreciate. If you have any questions please contact us on the number above. The Greenstick will be available to purchase online soon!
Golf should be a sport that is enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, gender and physical ability. The Greenstick was born from a desire to help the senior golfer and the golfer with spinal problems and/or lack of mobility through disability.
There is no reason why the sport should not be enjoyed by all, including those with disabilities. There are many organisations for disabled golfers throughout the world offering opportunities for disabled athletes to learn the game, to play and to compete
Disabled Golf Organisations in the UK.
“The Disabled Golf Association aim is to bring together all disabled golfers, irrespective of gender, age or ability, and help them enjoy golf on a level playing field, or in our case a level golf course!”
England Golf contributes towards the development of the England Golf Partnership’s strategy to address the issues of equity, equality and inclusion of disabled people, within golf. We are committed in supporting the implementation of the Whole Sport Plan, taking into account the wide range of issues that affect disabled people, with the ultimate aim that more people are encouraged to play golf and are better represented within the game.
The Launch of British Disabled Golf took place at Acanthus Golf Centre on August 3rd 2012. It was an open day where disabled and able-bodied golfers could play alongside each other as and when they wanted.
The R&A and the USGA have produced A Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities. This publication contains advice and permissible modifications to the Rules and they provide a means by which disabled golfers may play equitably with able-bodied golfers or golfers with other types of disabilities.
The rules can be downloaded at the website here .
How the Greenstick golfing accessory can help the disabled golfer.
Depending on the disability the Greenstick can help the disabled golfer to look after the green and avoid unnecessary bending to repair pitch marks, impact marks and pick up golf balls.
1. The Greenstick has an adjustable telescopic shaft. This ensures that the considerate golfer can make swift and accomplished repairs to any ball marks on the green without bending.
2. With your Greenstick, you can pick up your golf ball from the green or the cup without stooping, and with little or no bending of your back.
3. It is precision engineered to pick up your golf ball in one easy motion.
4. The Greenstick has an ergonomically shaped comfort-grip handle, is responsive, and offers great control in all weather conditions.
5. The Greenstick is designed to fit onto the outside of your golf bag making it easily accessible when you need it.
Practical, functional and innovative, The Greenstick has undergone rigorous testing and has been manufactured to the very highest standards. Its the must have golf accessory for the considerate golfer who wants to look after the golf course.
This two pronged professional pitchfork has been specially designed to effortlessly repair any impact damage to the putting green caused by the golf ball’s landing. Ball marks or pitch marks are the bane of smooth putting surfaces and healthy greens on golf courses all over the world. Avoiding making ball marks is impossible but the considerate golfer must always look to repair these depressions often made when the ball descends from the sky onto the green.
Repairing ball marks isn’t just good golfing etiquette, it’s our obligation as golfers to look after the golf course, so if you have the time repair not just your ball marks but anymore that you spot, even if they are not yours!
A ball mark repair tool or pitchfork is an essential piece of kit for every golfer, traditionally these are hand held tools. The challenge for the senior golfer is of course bending down. The adjustable telescopic shaft on the Greenstick ensures that the considerate golfer can make swift and accomplished repairs to any ball marks on the green and pick up their golf ball, without the need to bend down or stoop over.
How to repair Ball Marks or Pitch Marks
There is a right and a wrong way to repair ball/pitch marks on the green. Its important that you insert the prongs at the edge of the depression made by the ball not the centre! Insert the prongs at the edge of the depression working your way around using a gentle twisting motion. Many golfers make the mistake of inserting the prongs at an angle and ‘lifting up’ the centre of the depression, unfortunately the only thing you will achieve using this action is to rip up the grass roots, killing the grass. Use the prongs to push grass at the edge of the depression toward the centre. When you have worked your way around the rim of the depression, pushing the grass towards the centre, gently tamp down the repaired ball mark with your putter or foot to smooth the putting surface.
With adjustable handle on the Greenstick you can extend the tool making it perfect for your height, avoiding any unnecessary bending over.
After many months of planning we have launched our new website! www.seniorgolfuk.co.uk
The home of the ‘Greenstick’ – the new, must have, golf accessory for the senior golfer. The Greenstick was born out of the desire to help the senior golfer and the golfer with spinal problems and lack of mobility enjoy the sport and participate fully in the preservation of their green.
As well as featuring the Greenstick the website will be bringing you golf news, golf hints and tips to improve your game and an online shop which will allow you to order the Greenstick online and other golfing accessories necessary for the senior golfer’s game.
Improvements and additions will continue to be added over the coming months but we are excited to be online and look forward to developing our online presence!
Richard Brown Class AA PGA Golf Professional and Qualified Coach designed the Greenstick:
Richard is the head professional at Alsager Golf and Country Club in South Cheshire where he provides an excellent teaching service using progressive techniques, to pupils of all ages and levels, from County Players to Beginners. With 30 years golfing experience, his understanding of the wider issues relating to the coaching process including the biomechanics of the golf swing, psychology, fitness and nutrition, combined with his patient approach, make him a popular asset to the club. READ MORE